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By David Blatner | Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creating blank lines for forms and contracts: InDesign Secrets

Creating blank lines for forms or contracts in InDesign

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Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.

To insert blank lines in the middle of a paragraph, David offers a different method. He creates the rule in a new text frame and anchors the frame inside the paragraph via copy and paste. While the text frame is on the clipboard, you can paste as many copies of the line as you like, adjusting the labels and line lengths along the way. Learn exactly how to create both types of blank lines by watching today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, and come back in two weeks for another tip.

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